Early review: Winter Halo by Keri Arthur

Posted December 1, 2016 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 3 Comments

Review copy was received from Publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Early review: Winter Halo by Keri ArthurWinter Halo by Keri Arthur
Series: Outcast #2
Published by Signet on December 6, 2016
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 368
Length: 11 hours, 10 minutes
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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The humanoid supersoldiers known as the déchet were almost eradicated by the war. Ever since, Tiger has tried to live her life in peace in hiding. But in the wake of her discovery that Central City’s children are being kidnapped and experimented on, Tiger’s conscience won’t let her look the other way.

The key to saving them lies within the walls of a pharmaceutical company called Winter Halo. But as she learns more about the facility, Tiger’s mission is derailed by a complication: Winter Halo’s female security guards are being systematically attacked by an unknown force.

Now Tiger must summon all her gifts to stop those responsible for both atrocities—no matter the cost to herself..


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I very much looked forward to this second book and I enjoyed it. Many things continue from City of Light. Tiger still wants to find the missing children. This means she is working with Nuri and Jonas, as they want the same thing, but they don’t trust each other. They need each other though. It’s a difficult balance.

The enemy is not fully defined and is formidable. Tiger needs to be alert for the many dangers. It has me on edge throughout Winter Halo. Tiger takes on a new lover to gain intelligence for the team. It’s why she was created so it is a comfortable role but it’s still squicky (to me). She also finally manages to get a job at the lab in hopes of finding out where the children are. However, the female security guards are being attacked.

Tiger’s relationship and caring of her baby ghosts expands here. This is one of the more emotional aspects of this story. Otherwise, it felt more focused on action, planning and figuring things out. Penny also turns things with a real twist. I am worried about these children.

This is a unique blend of science fiction, fantasy and even mystery with the lightest touch of romance. The characters are well-developed. The world-building is fascinating. I don’t feel I am adequately expressing how much I liked this; the unusual aspects of the world are wonderful.

There is steady progress, knowledge gathering with plenty of action and suspense. This Outcast series is far from over. I can’t wait to see what is next!


About Keri Arthur

Keri Arthur, author of the New York Times bestselling Riley Jenson Guardian series, has now written more than thirty-three novels. She’s received several nominations in the Best Contemporary Paranormal category of the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Awards and has won RT’s Career Achievement Award for urban fantasy. She lives with her daughter in Melbourne, Australia.

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Posted December 1, 2016 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 3 Comments

3 responses to “Early review: Winter Halo by Keri Arthur

  1. I really enjoyed City of Light, so I’m looking forward to this one. Super curious about the Ghosts – that relationship is one of my favorite elements. Glad it didn’t disappoint!

    • berls – The ghosts are also one of my favorite things and their relationship is more this time I really liked it all. I was caught up in the plot and trying to figure out things in my head, so my emotional response was primarily worry for Tiger and the children. Anne

  2. lornak99

    City of Light was a five star read for me but this one fell a bit short of that for me. I can’t remember what I rated it? Either 3.5 or 4. I’ve slept a few times since I rated it I want to continue with the series as well. Really good world building but I want something to happen with Jonas!